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government spend increases likelihood of strike action

11 April 2012

National Union of Teachers (NUT) leader Christine Blower has revealed at the NUT annual conference that up to £337.2 million has been spent by the Government on the Academies and Free Schools programme since the 2010 general election. The figures were compiled by adding up payments released under the “open government commitment”, which lists payments of over £25,000.

These revelations have heightened tensions in the already strained relationship between the Government and the teachers unions. The NUT claims that Government reforms are leading to the privatisation of state education and threatening national pay and conditions.

On Monday the conference heard calls for industrial action in defence of national pay and conditions, and with Christine Blower calling for teaching unions to merge in defence of the profession, tension seems only to be increasing. With Government plans to move away from national pay scales and continued spending on Academies and Free Schools further industrial action seems highly likely.

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